Rank & Appointment Insignia

Chris Brooker's CEF Guide

Cap Badges


Corps & Services 1939-1945

Mounted Units 1939-1945

Collar Badges


 Metal Shoulder Titles

 Slip-On Shoulder Titles 

Buttons 1939-1945

Formation Patches
C.E.F. Troops  
1st Canadian Army

Canadian Military HQ

1st Canadian Corps

2nd Canadian Corps

Atlantic Command

Pacific Command

1st Canadian Division

2nd Canadian Division

3rd Canadian Division

4th Canadian Division

5th Canadian Division

6th Canadian Division

7th Canadian Division

8th Canadian Division

1st Armoured Brigade

2nd Armoured Brigade

3rd Armoured Brigade

Misc. & Foreign 1939-45  
Postwar .


Miscellaneous Insignia

Active Service Badges

Good Conduct Chevrons

Instructors Badges

Tank Badges
NCO Corps Badges
Service Chevrons
Wound Stripes
National Insignia

Special Distinctions


Instructor's Badges

Thanks to Doug Townend for his assistance with this page.  All photos courtesy Doug Townend.

The Instructional Cadre badge was introduced in 1920 to be worn by NCOs and Warrant Officers assigned to the Instructor Cadre to teach the Militia. It was worn up to the end of the Second World War.  A cloth version of this badge also existed.

Instructor's Badges - 1943 War Dress Regulations

During the Second World War, two types of badges were worn - Instructor's Cadre (or I.C.) badges, and Assistant Instructors (A.I.)  These badges were to be worn only on the right arm of Battle Dress Blouses, Service Dress and Khaki Drill Jackets. They were not to be worn at all on khaki cotton shirts, work clothes, greatcoats or cloaks. The badges were to be placed below rank badges (but above Service Chevrons) by Warrant Officers and above rank chevrons by NCOs. Further orders in 1944 added that the Instructor's badge was to be 3/4 inch above the point of the V of NCO rank chevrons, and below all other badges.

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Soldiers appointed to the Instructional Cadre were ordered to wear the Instructional Cadre Badge, consisting of the letters "I.C." in monogram form within a wreath of maple leaves, surmounted by the crown. Other instructors at training centres, schools, formations etc. were to wear an Assistant Instructor badge consisting of an "A.I." in monogram form surmounted by the crown.

In late 1942, orders further specified that Instructors and Assistant Instructors appointed to the Instructional Cadre would wear the "I.C." Badge, while personnel other than IC filling authorized appointments as instructors on an establishment, would wear the "A.I." badge. As well, Skill-at-Arms badges were ordered worn above the I.C. and A.I. badges. The orders also specified that to readily identify instructors, a maroon arm band three inches wide was ordered worn by men doing instructional duties. The armband was to be worn on the right upper arm, and was not to be worn off of parade.

In 1944, orders came down that those soldiers qualifying to wear the I.C. or A.I. badges could not also wear Tradesmen's badges. The 1944 orders also specified the location of these Instructor's Badges as follows; WOs were to wear them on the right forearm below the badge of rank and above the Service Chevrons. NCOs were to wear them on the right upper arm with the lower edge of the badge 3/4 inch above the point of the V of the chevrons, and below any other Badge worn.

In 1945, qualified PT (Physical Training) Instructors and assistant PT instructors were permitted to wear a crossed swords badge in the same manner as those worn by the British Army, as shown by the photo of a British soldier at right.

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aic.jpg (31576 bytes) aib.jpg (27543 bytes) The I.C. badge (above) and A.I. badge (two variants at left)
airifle.jpg (21748 bytes) icrifle.jpg (25164 bytes) Rifle Regiments wore distinctive black and red badges as was traditional; badges at left are King's Crown variants.
Post War Badges

In 1958, a new series of insignia was designed for soldiers of the Canadian Army to wear on uniforms, of a standard design and incorporating the Queen's Crown of the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended to the throne in 1953.  At right are the AI badges adopted as part of this series, with wreath and without.  These badges corresponded to Trade Group 3 (crown above) or  Trade Group 4 (crown above and partial wreath below.)

The Physical Training instructors badge is illustrated on the page of Trades Badges.

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Many of the Canadian Army schools of instruction in the 1950s and 60s created instructor badges for wear by the NCO instructors, worn in addition to the Army Assistant Instructor trade badge - This trade badge was worn on the left forearm of the uniform. Only a few of the establishment positions of the School organization would have been annotated for the AI qualification.

To date these are the only schools for which Instructor Badges have been positively identified:
Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School - wore a brass outline of the Centurion tank, locally made, above the rank badge on both arms, including WOs II.

Royal Canadian Army Service Corps School wore a winged wheel, steering wheel with horizontal wing on each side, in brass or white metal.

Royal Canadian Infantry Corps School wore a white metal maple leaf with a vertical bayonet, tip pointing upward, just as is worn today.

Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps School wore the shield, in white metal, from the Corps cap badge on the lower right sleeve above the trade badge. 1999-present